Video: A celebration of the achievements of Edsac inventor Sir Maurice WilkesDate: Aug 14, 2013
Edsac – or the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator – originally designed by a team led by Sir Maurice Wilkes at the University of Cambridge in 1947, was the world's first practical general-purpose computer.
By enabling complex and time-consuming calculations to be performed automatically and rapidly, it widened research horizons and led to three Nobel Prizes in different disciplines.
In an event earlier this year, The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) celebrated the centenary of Wilkes' birth and gave the first public demo of a project to build a replica of the original machine.
The recreation of Edsac, when completed by a team of volunteers in two years' time, will be used at TNMOC to inform the public about Britain's rich computer heritage and to inspire young people to learn about engineering and computer science – skills in short supply in today's economy.